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#1 LAMBEAU FIELD
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
GREEN BAY PACKERS
The great tailgating.....the friendliness of the people.....and the most classic of all NFL venues is to be
found here in Green Bay. Throw in a nine figure upgrade and renovation of this hallowed ground and
you have the elite venue of the National Football League. The seating bowl remains as it has been for
decades....and the rest has been significantly improved. What was once your very basic steel and
concrete concourse has been turned into a virtual living history of one of the sports' most renowned
franchises with photos and murals of the great moments and so much more....can we come back,
Arc- 8, Food-9, Scbd-6.5, Ush-7, Fans-10, Loc-8, Bann-9, Ent-5, Conc-8, Bonus-8 Total 78.5
#2 HEINZ FIELD
Put a stadium downtown, add all the modern touches, a great skyline view, a menu with all the local
dishes, awesome tailgating and great fans who know their football legacy, and you will find all that and
more in Pittsburgh! The Coca-Cola Great Hall is easily the finest concourse in the NFL. Tickets are
hard to come by. We know why!
Arc- 6.5, Food-9, Scbd-6.5, Ush-6, Fans-9, Loc-6, Bann-9.5, Ent-7.5, Conc-6, Bonus-7 Total 73
#3 RELIANT STADIUM
The first in the NFL retractable roof. This is a big, big stadium which boasts superior design, great
attention to public spaces, superb tailgating and great fans who deservedly belong back in the ranks
of NFL cities. Check out the ribbon mural of "cattle brands" ringing the upper concourse, a testament
to the local culture and flavor of this region.
Arc- 8, Food-9, Scbd-7.5, Ush-8, Fans-6.5, Loc-6, Bann-3, Ent-7, Conc-9, Bonus-8 Total 72
#4 GILLETTE STADIUM
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Is this heaven? No its Foxboro. Yet don't tell that to the Patriots fans who sat in miserable Foxboro
Stadium for decades, and have now been rewarded with a new venue and three Super Bowl trophies.
End zone lighthouse and arched bridge are the signature elements to a gorgeous and modern venue
with all the amenities and fan comforts.
Arc- 8, Food-9, Scbd-7, Ush-7, Fans-8, Loc-2, Bann-8, Ent-7, Conc-7.5, Bonus-8 Total 71.5
#5 M&T BANK STADIUM
Set in the beautiful downtown Inner Harbor area, this beautiful stadium perfectly compliments its sister
stadium next door, Camden Yards. Tailgating is abundant here, even in a downtown setting. The
highlight of the inside seating area is not one but two HUGE smartvision boards dominating each end
zone. Fan amenities, merchandise and food are plentiful in wide, colorful concourses. All in all a
showcase to modern NFL football!
Arc- 7, Food-6, Scbd-9, Ush-5, Fans-6, Loc-9, Bann-7, Ent-8, Conc-7, Bonus-7 Total 71
#7 (t) LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD
Is anyone shedding a tear for the demise of the Vet? No way! Lincoln Financial Field has all the
ambience of a great gathering spot, kind of like a combination of a busy train station and your
neighborhood pub. All the amenities you would want - great seating bowl with awesome sightlines,
scoreboards and LED boards. Nice entrance pavilion at the "Head House" in the north end, and
Phillyfan really packs this place to cheer on their Eagles.
Arc- 7, Food-8, Scbd-8, Ush-7, Fans-9, Loc-6, Bann-4, Ent-6, Conc-7.5, Bonus-7.5 Total 70
#10 UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX STADIUM
An architectural jewel on the outside, and a pleasant experience on the inside, as for the first time in
the Cardinals’ history, stretching across three cities, they finally have a place to call their own. The first
in the NFL retractable field makes this venue adaptable to many different uses besides football.
Arc-10 , Food-8, Scbd-6.5, Ush-9, Fans-4, Loc-6, Bann-8, Ent-2, Conc-4.5, Bonus-10 Total 68
#11 SOLDIER FIELD
Set in the city's stunning and historic lakefront Park District, Soldier Field has new life thanks to a
$600MM renovation. Wider concourses? Not really. More restrooms? Umm.. where? But the
colonnades work well with the new design, and the building pays great homage to those who served
our country. Still enough in terms of seating bowl amenities to earn a high spot on the list.
Arc- 9, Food-3, Scbd-8, Ush-4, Fans-7.5, Loc-5, Bann-8, Ent-7, Conc-8, Bonus-8 Total 67.5
#12 SPORTS AUTHORITY FIELD AT MILE HIGH
This modern and futuristic stadium looks like something out of "The Jetsons". Three massive video
boards and a Broncos logo interwoven into the seats makes for one of the nicest seating bowls in the
NFL. Food choices a plenty, and Denver fans pack this place game in and game out. If you have a
ticket, don't be a no-show here, you will get boooed by the fans who did.
Arc- 7, Food-7, Scbd-8, Ush-4, Fans-8, Loc-6, Bann-7, Ent-8, Conc-7, Bonus-5 Total 67
#13 (t) FIRST ENERGY STADIUM
Lakefront setting on the site of the old Cleveland Stadium, they tried to mimic the venue of their
hated rivals the Ravens... but amenity for amenity, this place falls a bit short. Browns Hall of Fame
on main concourse captures franchise history going back decades with great exhibits.
Arc- 6.5, Food-7, Scbd-7.5, Ush-7, Fans-8, Loc-8, Bann-4, Ent-6, Conc-5, Bonus-4.5 Total 63.5
#13 (t) RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Another one of the generation of new NFL stadiums, this one has the combination of all the right
things - comfortable seats with great views, two huge crystal clear jumbotrons, modern fan amenities,
great tailgating, rabid fans who pack the place and great Florida weather. But ahhhhh - that pirate ship!
This is the signature element of the building and the pirate theme dominates the entire football
Arc- 8, Food-9, Scbd-7.5, Ush-1, Fans-7, Loc-6, Bann-4, Ent-9, Conc-6, Bonus-6 Total 63.5
#15 CENTURYLINK FIELD
A downtown setting doesn't allow much in the way of tailgating here. But there are many other sights
and sounds to be experienced at one of the NFL's newest gems - whether it be walking the warning
track at nearby Safeco Field, the impressive view of downtown from the south end zone. And gosh!
What great architecture in that distinct arched roof. Their vertical video board is a one of a kind amenity
among NFL venues.
Arc- 9.5, Food-8, Scbd-9, Ush-3, Fans-4, Loc-4.5, Bann-7, Ent-5, Conc-9, Bonus-4 Total 63
#16 (t) PAUL BROWN STADIUM
This place opened in 2000 and it is quite a jewel. With Daktronics LED overlooking the sidelines, two
asymmetrical jumbotrons at each end and a seating area design that is eye-popping and
jaw-dropping we would have to say that this place is our favorite as far as design is concerned. With a
few tons of orange and black paint and brighter concourses this place would probably earn a spot on
top on our list.
Arc- 9, Food-6, Scbd-8, Ush-4, Fans-5, Loc-7.5, Bann-5, Ent-5, Conc-7.5, Bonus-5 Total 62
#16 (t) EDWARD JONES DOME
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
ST. LOUIS RAMS
It doesn't matter if you believe that domed stadiums are a sure sign of the Apocalypse, trust us when
we say you will enjoy the Edward Jones Dome experience. This is our favorite domed NFL stadium by
far with its small yet grand entrances at each of the four corners of the building and wide concourses
that widen at points where there are concession stands. This building also offers sweeping views of
downtown St. Louis including that unfinished McDonald's sign on the banks of the Mississippi. So kick
back, have a couple of Bud Lights (WHASSUUUP!!!) and watch the Rams light up the scoreboard.
Arc- 7, Food-5, Scbd-5, Ush-8, Fans-7, Loc-7, Bann-8, Ent-4, Conc-7, Bonus-4 Total 62
#18 MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
The local cajun culture makes it way into this building, from the clap along blues music to the
jambalaya and alligator sausages on the menu. Electric football atmosphere in a big stadium,
and all in one of America's greatest cities.
Arc- 8, Food-8, Scbd-4, Ush-5, Fans-4, Loc-7.5, Bann-7, Ent-8, Conc-6, Bonus-3 Total 60.5
#19 ARROWHEAD STADIUM
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Super atmosphere inside and out. A magnificent 30 year old facility with no signs of slowing down.
With an awesome and colorful tailgate scene, home games at Arrowhead are probably the biggest
parties in the Midwest!! Get your tix and head on out here....
Arc- 9, Food-5, Scbd-6, Ush-4, Fans-9, Loc-3, Bann-7, Ent-8, Conc-4, Bonus-5 Total 60
#20 FORD FIELD
The old Hudson's Warehouse is built right into the stadium, and that makes downtown Detroit's
newest jewel a unique football experience. Little tailgating or pregame action a minus, but stunning
indoor seating bowl flooded with natural light makes for one of the best of the NFL's domed stadiums.
Arc- 8, Food-8, Scbd-7, Ush-1, Fans-6.5, Loc-6, Bann-2, Ent-8, Conc-8, Bonus-5 Total 59.5
#21 GEORGIA DOME
One of the nicer domes we've seen. Great pregame entertainment and refreshments available
outside the stadium before the games. Easy access via MARTA subway and close to downtown
attractions, and Philips Arena and CNN Center right nearby.
Arc- 8, Food-6, Scbd-5, Ush-7, Fans-5, Loc-8, Bann-6, Ent-4, Conc-6, Bonus-3.5 Total 58.5
#22 L P FIELD
Probably deserves a higher score than listed, however....MUSIC CITY MIRACLE.... 'nuff said!!! Right
across the river you can find a wonderful, bustling downtown to boot, with plenty of restaurants and
attractions. Plenty to enjoy, even if you hate country music.
Arc- 6.5, Food-7, Scbd-5, Ush-5, Fans-8, Loc-9.5, Bann-4, Ent-5, Conc-5, Bonus-2.5 Total 57.5
#23 BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
Located in a downtown setting, the most dramatic feature of this venue is the fortress like
appearance and the statues of panthers guarding the arched entrances on each side.
Arc- 6, Food-4, Scbd-6.5, Ush-6, Fans-7, Loc-7, Bann-5, Ent-7, Conc-6, Bonus-2.5 Total 57
#24 EVERBANK FIELD
Renovated for the Jags and did a so-so job. The place has plenty of college football history to boot,
nicely displayed with murals on the main concourse, and the Bud Zone in the south end zone is the
place to hang out in the building. Downtown's Jacksonville Landing a short walk away - worth checking
Arc- 6.5, Food-8, Scbd-6.5, Ush-3, Fans-4, Loc-6.5, Bann-7, Ent-4, Conc-6, Bonus-5 Total 56.5
#25 MALL OF AMERICA FIELD
Great fans inside, tailgating not allowed in some spots outside ($30 parking here and there). When
nature calls, brace yourself for some of the longest lines anywhere. Lots of noise, great electricity,
and a scary looking Viking riding around the field in a motorcycle . Skol Vikings!
Arc- 2.5, Food-6, Scbd-3, Ush-5, Fans-8.5, Loc-6, Bann-8, Ent-8, Conc-3, Bonus-5.5 Total 55.5
#26 O.CO COLISEUM
OAKLAND RAIDERS (RAIDERFAN)
Not a commentary on the stadium (so,so at best) but a tribute to the wildest and zaniest fans we have
seen to date and no one comes close. Here it is not enough just to show up with a Rich Gannon
jersey and a Raiders cap. In order to qualify as RAIDERFAN you must dress and behave in a style that
makes one appear to be something other than human. Silver and Black color attire required of course
and if you even think of wearing colors of the visiting team in the stadium please enter at your own risk.
P.S. Black Hole is in, Dawg Pound is out!
Arc- 3, Food-8, Scbd-4, Ush-7, Fans-6, Loc-5, Bann-2, Ent-10, Conc-4, Bonus-6 Total 55
#27 QUALCOMM STADIUM
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Getting on in years and doesn't have the best of sightlines. Yet almost every amenity can be found
here, and with the nice weather this is certainly a nice place to tailgate and to see a game. PS...you
gotta try the fish tacos here.
Arc- 4, Food-7, Scbd-4.5, Ush-5, Fans-4, Loc-8, Bann-6, Ent-5, Conc-5, Bonus-6 Total 54.5
#28 SUN LIFE STADIUM
Pretty nice facility with warm weather to boot, and the history of this proud football team can be
seen throughout the place. Most tailgates here sport canopies to provide some shade. That
Dolphins/Oilers fight song they constantly play is so totally lame!
Arc- 8, Food-7, Scbd-4, Ush-4, Fans-5, Loc-6, Bann-9, Ent-3, Conc-5, Bonus-3 Total 54
#9 AT&T STADIUM
ARLINGTON , TEXAS
The stunning and jaw dropping architecture and the incredibly massive HD scoreboard, straddling
over 60 yards of territory above the playing surface, make for a good impression for the first time visitor.
The ridiculous costs for attending a game here, from the outrageous parking fees to the three figure
ticket prices to the expensive concessions, are all massive turnoffs. But make no mistake, everything
is bigger here in Texas, and the Cowboys really make a splash.
Arc-8.5 , Food-7, Scbd-10, Ush-6.5, Fans-7, Loc-5, Bann-7, Ent-7.5, Conc-4, Bonus-7 Total 69.5
#29 FEDEX FIELD
Whether it's tailgating or the game experience, the whole package here is way too corporate, as
if they forgot what an actual football game should be like. Tickets, parking, concessions,
souvenirs very expensive.
Arc- 4.5, Food-3, Scbd-5, Ush-3, Fans-8, Loc-4, Bann-8, Ent-7.5, Conc-5.5, Bonus-5 Total 53.5
#6 MET LIFE STADIUM
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY
NEW YORK JETS - NEW YORK GIANTS
Great fans show up in droves here in the swamps of the Meadowlands, which now boasts the most
expensive stadium ever built in the entire world. Facility serves a dual purpose, housing two NFL
teams, and design elements allow for a dramatic makeover of the venue, providing two distinct game
day experiences. And yell for the J-E-T-S-, Jets, Jets Jets!
Arc- 8, Food-8, Scbd-10, Ush-7.5, Fans-8, Loc-6.5, Bann-5, Ent-5, Conc-8, Bonus-4.5 Total: 70.5
#30 RALPH WILSON STADIUM
ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK
One of the NFL's absolute best tailgate scenes here in Buffalo, but not enough was done to
upgrade this place when "The Ralph" was renovated after the '98 season. The stadium remains
extremely functional even after 30+ years, and Bills fans are very loud and passionate.
Arc- 5, Food-4, Scbd-2.5, Ush-6, Fans-6, Loc-6, Bann-7, Ent-3, Conc-4, Bonus-5 Total: 48.5
#7 (t) LUCAS OIL STADIUM
Superb architecture, awesome downtown location amidst a clean, bustling and vibrant center city. Not
just a retractable roof but also a retractable wall which opens up towards the downtown skyline. The
game day experience here revolves around the many pubs and restaurants within walking distance to
the venue, a so-so tailgate scene which works in a downtown setting, and lots of entertainment and
music just outside the stadium. The Lucas Oil gate on the north side gives this stadium its "wow"
Arc- 9, Food-6, Scbd-6, Ush-7, Fans-7, Loc-8.5, Bann-4, Ent-8, Conc-8.5, Bonus-6 Total 70
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA
SAN FRANCISO 49ERS
USRT VISIT: Nov, 2014
Arc- Location and architecture
Food- Concessions and team store
Scbd- Scoreboard and electronics
Ush-Ushers and game day staff
Fans- Fan enthusiasm and support
Bann- Retired numbers, banners
Ent- Event presentation
Conc - Fan comfort and concourses
Bonus- Extra bonus points